Gecko Tours is a young company brought to you by a close knit group of explorers, adventurers and food junkies.
Our tours are all small group, safe learning experiences, created for people who want to have fun exploring and enjoying everything Croatia has to offer. Our story is still being written…
Where are we on our journey?
2018 is just our third full year of operations and already we are on our way to nearly 500 wonderful guest reviews on Trip AdvisorTrip Advisor. We have lots of new possibilities in the works and will be sharing those with you here in the near future – we already offer many small group tours showcasing Dalmatia and its many treasures that nobody else offers – that’s at the heart of what we are. We’re so proud of it we can’t begin to explain, it was what it was all about for us … Take a look at our Facebook page where you can see some our latest posts and more great guest reviews – Facebook. If its photos, photos, photos you want, see our Instagram page Instagram
We hope you enjoy what you see and thank you for visiting us. Capitalising on our early success, this year we have opened up our second office in central Split, Zadarska Ulica (opposite the Marmont Hotel), and have also opened a sales point on Bacvice beach. We’re certainly not resting on our laurels-be great to meet you in person so we can make your visit to this beautiful area – our home – very special.
WE ALSO OFFER BIKE RENTALS AND AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If you’re looking to take a casual jaunt around town during your next trip to Split, look no further! Along with being able to pick you up and drop you off at Split airport in our larger vehicles Airport Transfers, offering breathtaking tours and beautiful accommodations, we also offer bike rentals for all of our guests. Don’t forget to enquire when you place your booking – if you prefer we can accompany you on a guided bike tour Split bike tours (not too strenuous) to show you all the many sights and sounds of our gorgeous hometown, Split!
“I’m the managing director and founder of Gecko Tours and the proud father of the cutest pigeon in the world. I was born and raised within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace – I may not have quite attained Diocletians emperor status but I do maintain the gardens within the palace. Once I was a sports fanatic and now its just food fanaticism for me. I’m always willing to share details of some of the area’s many peculiarities with tourists and my enthusiams for all things Dalmatian knows no bounds – that’s why I enjoy working in tourism.”
”This time next year, we’ll all be millionaires Rodney.”- Del-Boy, from “Only Fools and Horses”
The youngest member of the Gecko team – Magdalena – Baldo’s daughter. She’s wishing the rain away but doesn’t yet know that Split has on average 2620 sunny hours per year putting it in the top class in the Mediterranean
“I’m a graduate in Tourism Operations and Project Management from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Split. I spent 6 months in Riga, Latvia as part of an Erasmus+ program with Riga Technical University and still look back on this as part of a real life fairy tale. My interests include: meeting different people and cultures, traveling the world, working as a judge at summer night dog shows and making cheeseburgers disappear in a minute and then going on a guilt trip workout. Whilst you will often find me behind the desk in one of our Gecko Split offices ready to explain our many tours on offer, I’m also a qualified Split tour guide so sometimes I will take one of our fantastic tours …”
‘’The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.’’- Saint Augustine
“Howdy folks! My name is Tonči and I’m a graduate in English and Russian teaching, but I’ve always been a big history buff ever since I was a child. Therefore, becoming a guide was a really logical decision connecting many of my passions such as, the before mentioned love for history, but also music, cultural heritage, trivia and especially, food! I will be more than happy to share all of my knowledge with you, including my most precious knowledge: the authentic Dalmatian recipes that I inherited from my grandmothers”
‘’There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers.’’- Colin Powell
“Beside having tour guiding skills and experience, I consider myself pretty skilled at managing children. As a father of twins, I had no other choice. If you’re taking your child on a tour, no worries, extra hands are included. Less importantly, I mastered Geography and Cultural anthropology at University of Zadar. Experience of those subjects shaped my prime interest, other cultures. Looking forward to meeting you, learning about your culture and introducing you to my own”
’’Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”- George Bernard Shaw
The Gecko heads for Dubrovnik in one of our fantastic buses fully equipped with WIFI and AC. En-route to Dubrovnik we encounter some amazing scenery.
Duje takes us to see some of the fascinating things about Mostar in Bosnia
“I was born and raised in Split, but I’ve lived in other Croatian cities while studying. I obtained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Zadar, and later a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zagreb. My interest include: history, cultural heritage, archeology, post-socialist and transition cultures etc. My hobbies include: riding an old Vespa scooter (and fixing it), playing music, woodworking, and mainly spending quality time with my dear friend Baldo (are you convinced?).”
”It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.”- Homer J.Simpson
“I was born and raised in Split but because of my enthusiasm, at the age of 19 I joined a Japanese cruise ship to work and explore new cultures and different nationalities. I’ve travelled all around the world and learnt a great deal about tourists and what interests them as well as visiting many different destinations. I came back to Split and decided to study tourism. My hobbies are learning the Japanese language, travelling and photography”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”
“I was born in Sussex in the UK and studied at Sussex University in Brighton where I graduated in French and Spanish, achieving a masters degree. If these are your languages of choice I’m here to help! As my degree choice may indicate I am fascinated in other cultures and love meeting people from all over the world. My choice of career in the tourist industry therefore plays to my strengths. My hobbies include foreign languages – I’m learning Croatian though some way to go, and enjoying good food and yes some wine …”
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime””
Tessa heads out on Gecko’s rafting tour of the Cetina river before she heads up to the hills above Omis to enjoy some fabulous homemade food and wine in a local homestead
Although I was born and raised in Split I studied and got my Masters degree in history at the University of Zadar. Apart from history my interests are food, music (you are kindly invited to hear my melody below!!!) travelling and meeting new people and cultures. I believe that life is too short to just let it pass by and that you need to actively participate in it. Of course, sometimes you need to relax – in Croatia we call it “fjaka” which means doing nothing but this is for the winter – in the summer its go,go,go!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw out the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” Mark Twain
Boris does Krka with some very lively and musical ladies – I think you will agree he’s missed his calling in life!
“I’ve worked as a driver for 47 years. I’ve travelled almost all of Europe. I love my job because I meet new people and go to many places. My favourite hobby is mechanics. In my free time, I enjoy good food, holidays by the sea or a rural retreat. My attitude to my job is the same as to life generally i.e. to perform with dedication and patience and always be ready to help others.”
”Life is a game, play it!” – Mother Theresa
TOURS GIVEN TO DATE
Steven and Thea Robinson
“We are the ‘Anglo’ part of Gecko’s identity and have a long history with this beautiful land that is Croatia. Our vision for this company is to expand the travelling experience beyond that which is obvious and give visitors a more holistic and immersive experience during their time with Gecko. We are incredibly proud of Baldo and his team of passionate, educated and enthusiastic individuals who have a pride in their country and a willingness to share their knowledge.
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson